Gerrard focused on Forest
THERE will be no shortage of job offers for Paul Gerrard come the summer, writes Derek Davis.The 31-year-old accepts he has no future at Everton when his contract expires in the summer, but Nottingham Forest boss Joe Kinnear has already indicated he wants to keep the solid stopper.
THERE will be no shortage of job offers for Paul Gerrard come the summer, writes Derek Davis.
The 31-year-old accepts he has no future at Everton when his contract expires in the summer, but Nottingham Forest boss Joe Kinnear has already indicated he wants to keep the solid stopper.
Gerrard has not been on the losing side in his six games since joining the Reds on loan and, just as he did when he was at Ipswich, quickly established himself in the team.
While Town will be more than happy with Kelvin Davis as their No. 1, should they get promoted to the Premiership, they would probably be in the market for another keeper as well as Lewis Price and Joe Royle is a known fan of Gerrard.
Even if he didn't fancy playing second fiddle to Davis, Gerrard is bound to attract interest from quite a few clubs when he leaves Everton officially and he is not committing himself just yet.
Gerrard said: "I will be looking to move on and whether that is to Forest or not, we will see.
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"I have had eight great years at Everton but at the moment my plan is to put myself in the best possible position to get a club in the summer."
While Gerrard has had a hand in Forest's revival which has seen them lose just two games in 14 under Joe Kinnear, the return of David Johnson was timely as Gareth Taylor has undergone surgery for a knee problem.
He scored in his first start for six months in the 2-2 draw with Milwall during the week, while Marlon King also netted, which will help convince Forest fans he was a good replacement for Marlon Harewood, who went to West Ham.
But the name on people's lips when Forest are mentioned is Republic of Ireland international Andy Reid, although not always favourably.
His ambition to play in the Premiership, with Kinnear saying he wants an over-inflated £10m for him, has upset Forest fans.
While Kinnear's arrival has spurred some players on others have fallen by the wayside. Eugen Bopp, who was highly rated when he arrived from Bayern Munich, has not had a look-in and has gone to Hamburg on trial, knowing the Forest boss wants rid of him.
Veteran defender Des Walker is expected to be on the bench today after getting through a reserve game without any reaction to an injury and he may be used when Wes Morgan starts his suspension for getting sent off against the Lions.
Michael Dawson being back has helped solidify the Forest back line, which also boasts the experienced Andy Impey and Alan Rogers.
Although Forest are only four points ahead of third-from-bottom Gillingham, they are planning for life in Division One next year and Kinnear has been told he can start on his shopping list which at the moment has 25 'A' names on it, with 'B' and 'C' targets backing them up.